Psychotherapy and Counseling - What's the Difference?
Psychotherapy and counseling are often used interchangeably to describe what transpires between a mental health provider and a client. However, there is usually a distinct difference between the two. Most trained psychotherapists can and do provide counseling services but the opposite is not necessarily the case.
About Psychological Trauma
These days one hears the word "trauma" tossed around quite liberally as meaning anything from sadness over a failed relationship to anxiety over a test in school. "Moving is 'traumatic' for me" a distressed colleague said to me a couple months ago. Could such a seemingly mild event as a move constitute a "trauma"?
About Anxiety (and Illness, Pain, Fear)
You know what "anxiety" is, right? Anxiety is that feeling of tension or shakiness or quivering that you experience before you take a test in school or interview for that first job. Right? Well yes . . . and no."Hey you're fast!" we think as we watch a really good technophile, competitor, nerd, entrepreneur.
"Wow, that is really original and inventive!" we muse as we explore some random web site, art project, new business, even a new movie.
"I wish I could do that . . .be like . . .have that . . ." we might murmur to ourselves watching some favorite icon, star, athlete.